Workhorse W-15 PHEV Electric Pickup/80 Miles Range Revealed

6 months ago by Sebastian Blanco 32

Workhorse W-15 PHEV Pickup Truck

Workhorse Group has already received thousands of “letters of intent” for its extended-range electric pickup trucks.

Workhorse W-15 PHEV Truck

Workhorse W-15 PHEV Truck

You might think that people who say they want to buy one of these EVs would want to know details about the truck before signing such a letter (which, we know, is not a real pre-order).

But, well, today is the day when Workhorse finally released the “preliminary specifications” for the W-15 Electric Pickup, as designed for fleets.

The highlights are: 75 MPGe, 80-miles all-electric range (via 60 kWh battery/67% usable), and 460 horsepower.

We already knew about the 80-mile range and the estimated MPGe rating, since they’ve been selling points ever since Workhorse started talking about the PHEV pick-up last year. The horsepower number is new, as is a proposed 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds. Oh, nope, that’s been talked about before, too.

So, that leaves us with the real news: actual pictures of the W-15. Workhorse displayed the truck for the first time at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California today.

Of note: Full gallery and video of the Workhorse W-15 in action below

The first deliveries are scheduled for 2018. The truck is expected to cost $52,500, and thousands of them have been “ordered” through non-binding letters of intents by organizations like Duke Energy, Portland General Electric, and the Southern California Public Power Authority.

Workhorse W-15 Interior

Workhorse is going to need to deliver those trucks and keep customers happy in what is about to become a crowded electric pickup field. Tesla, obviously, is working on one (and people like to render it), as is start-up Bollinger Motors.

Here’s the full list of today’s specs, as released by Workhorse, for the upcoming competition to take note of:

  • 75 MPGe fuel efficiency in All-Electric Operation
  • 80-mile all-electric range
  • Gasoline-powered range extender
  • two 230-hp/172-kW electric motors
  • total range of 310 miles
  • reported 28/32 mpg city/highway gas mileage
  • towing capability of 5,500 lbs, payload of  2,200 lbs
  • 460 horsepower
  • 0-60 miles per hour in 5.5 seconds
  • True all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Collision-avoidance features
  • Automatic braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Composite body with carbon fiber
  • Double cab
  • Standard bed configuration
  • 7.2 kw power export that allows tools to be plugged directly into the battery power source without the truck running

Workhorse W-15 – the numbers

Below: Workhorse W-15 Gallery

Source: Workhorse

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32 responses to "Workhorse W-15 PHEV Electric Pickup/80 Miles Range Revealed"

  1. James says:

    I just don’t see that vehicle coming in at $52K. Also, much uglier than the drawings. What happened between pencil and the road? Needs bigger wheels or something. That said, if it truly comes in at $52K I would love to have one.

    1. DJ says:

      Ya, the huge wheel well is huge why??

      Nice specs but they could have made it look a bit better.

      1. Nebula1701 says:

        So tire has room once truck weighed down by load in the back

        1. DJ says:

          And yet other work trucks that also have weight on them don’t seem to have ridiculously sized wheel wells 🙂

          1. jerry says:

            The most innovative EV pickup ever that is the start to changing the world truck market and you rag on WW size!
            Since it is a utility they could easily ne to put much larger tires on it to handle off road soft sand etc these need to handle

    2. Bill Howland says:

      This is the truck that VIA should have been. A huge 60 kwh battery giving a PHEV record for ANY vehicle of 80 miles AER, a big engine (which doesn’t sway me either way), AND all coming in for $52000. Better than an inferior VIA for $80000.

      I hope they are constantly sold out enough that big automakers notice.

  2. Sublime says:

    At $52k, they couldn’t make them fast enough. Just from a performance perspective. The 1999 SVT lightning did 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and inflation corrected would have cost about $50K.

  3. William says:

    Workhorse beats Via Motors to the Punch! Sorry Bob, but my money is on a different horse, in the PHEV truck customer delivery race.

    1. mx says:

      Not just Via.
      This makes a Laughing Stock of Ford and GM.

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    It looks good and from the specs, appears to be well designed. $52.5k seems pricey to me, but from comments above, maybe that’s in line with similar-appearing gasmobile pickups.

    But I question it’s going to sell well. This looks like, and is sized like, one of those pickups that appeals to those who buy a pickup for the “macho image” they think it gives them. And most of those are going to want something that goes “VROOOM! VROOM!” and emits a cloud of black smoke from the tailpipe when they step on the accelerator.

    I’ll be very interested to see if Workhorse can sell enough of these PHEV pickups to keep it in production. It would be great if this succeeds, but I’m skeptical.

    1. wavelet says:

      This is an actual work truck, and for the foreseeable future will only be sold to work fleets. That is, the macho he-man personal truck aspect is irrelevant.

      If they can make enough of them, they’re reliable and overall TCO is good, they should sell well.

      1. Goaterguy says:

        Yes but how can I overcompensate if I can’t install huge wheels, tires and side or bed smoke staks?

      2. q says:

        If this is being sold as a work pickup, rather than as a lifestyle pickup, I’m a little concerned about the size of the truck bed. Is it really a standard 2-meter bed? It looks shorter in the photos… in which case, why the huge frunk, instead of a smaller frunk and a bigger bed?

  5. JMarvinCampbell says:

    Gasoline is a non-starter for us. I wish somebody would make the equivalent of a PHEV Toyota HiLux CrewCab 4WD that ran on diesel so we could run BioD.

    1. Nick says:

      Why is it a non-starter for you?

      I’d think you don’t want to be stuck with a heavy diesel generator for your PHEV truck which is going to run electric most of the time.

      1. mx says:

        Yep. Don’t need the stink of diesel.

  6. Derek says:

    The front end is pretty ugly. The tail lights look a lot like an F-150’s. Overall, it’s not bad though, and the specs and price are good. To much money for me…but every truck is to pricey for me, since they all have obnoxiously inflated price tags.

    1. Nick says:

      Yep.

      On the other hand, this is a truck designed for fleet use and is not so concerned with good looks for enabling retail sales.

  7. K A Cheah says:

    THEY COULD ACHIEVE A LONGER ALL ELECTRIC RANGE WITH THE SAME BATTERY SIZE IF THEY REDUCE THE FRONTAL SURFACE AREA, BUT BEING SQUARISH IN FRONT WILL SURELY INCREASE THE SURFACE AREA THAT COULD ONLY MAKE THE WORKHORSE LESS EFFICIENT BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE IN THE DRAG-COEFFICIENT, BEST IS TO MAKE THE FRONTAL SURFACE AREA MUCH SMALLER IN THE SHAPE OF A BULLET LIKE THE BULLET TRAIN OR A WEDGE LIKE THE PORSCHE’S OR TESLA’S MODELS OR OTHER MAKES.

    1. wavelet says:

      Work trucks don’t need to go fast, so aerodynamics are a lot less important than for long-distance EVs. The electric range is probably enough for the intended use — short-ish trips between job sites.

  8. fasterthanonecanimagine says:

    Their website says 5000 orders under letters of intent. (Non-binding, LOL).

    Who is going to produce it for them? Reselling a Chinese product?

    From their latest annual report (10-K):
    – Sales in 2016: 6.4 Mio $
    – Net Loss in 2016: 19.5 Mio $
    – Net Working Capital (Current Assets – Current Liabilities) end of 2016: minus 0.4 Mio $

    1. mike says:

      they have a factory in the midwest and are building it themselves. Seems to look like a 100% USA made product. The interior is hideous though.

    2. realistic says:

      Indeed, faster.

      They don’t have the engineering bandwidth or industrial capacity or certainly not the cash to make this happen. By all reasonable measures it’s an impossible task.

      1. Nick says:

        “letters of intent” == Easier to get a loan to build these.

        Making an EV is much easier than building a nice ICE. I think Workhorse has a real chance here.

  9. Ed says:

    Sorry, but that thing screams 6000-SUX to me.

  10. DangerHV says:

    This is a work truck to be sold to fleet operators, as mentioned above. If you don’t like the looks, and work for a company who buys them and forces you to drive this during your job, QUIT!
    This is a great truck that this “small” company can sell in the tens of thousands annually, saving their customers money and reducing pollution significantly.
    I hope Workhorse gets the 180,000 unit USPS contract as well. May be time to buy stock.

  11. F150 Brian says:

    It looks better that I thought, given the intention to be a work truck for corporate fleets.

    They do have the engineering and manufacturing capability to produce a reasonable number (they said 60,000 annually). I hope this is successful and they expand into the general public market.

  12. ffbj says:

    I thought there were in heap of financial difficulties.
    Maybe this commercial is something like a last Hurrah! Before the curtain is rung down.

  13. pjwood1 says:

    This company needs an angel investor, and has a pretty much open lane to market share. Ford/GM don’t want to displace their lower cost truck sales (despite owners eating higher cost fuel/service), and Musk won’t recognize the towing/range limitations of staying battery-only.

    This is like Tesla, in a different space, with a different functional solution. Raw math, done by SCPPA and DUK, most likely works like it does for Deutsche Post, accept the electric wholesalers can plugs these things in like we turn on a faucet.

  14. robzomb says:

    Seriously, I owned a EV ranger. This ain’t new tech.

    Christ why not use Voltec?!?!

    They seriously have no interest in going again their fossil fuel masters.

  15. Heartless Conservative says:

    5,500 lbs towing… 2,200 payload?
    This isn’t a work truck. This is a soccer mom truck or a foreman’s drive to the work site truck. My Chevy Tahoe can tow 7,000 lbs. The Model X can tow 5,000 lbs.
    My hope got mostly used up on VIA. Now it’s even more depleted. I have more faith in Tesla. They’re serious about engineering.

    1. John says:

      I think you’ve got the wrong “work” truck in mind. If you’re hauling a seven thousand pound piece of equipment around regularly, you’re probably not going to be using a half-ton pickup…even thought it could probably do it…for a while. You’re going to have a one-ton HD pickup.

      This truck is probably geared towards the pest control fleets, the auto parts delivery fleets, the HVAC fleets, the floor maintenance fleets, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, etc.

      If they do well enough, they may also add an HD version to the lineup and call it the W-25 or W-35. Similar to the Silverado 1500, 2500, 3500.